Independent inquiry launched over inconsistent fluoridation levels in Wellington – What We Know!

A overview has discovered the fluoride dosing amenities at water therapy vegetation within the area have been working inconsistently. Picture / 123rf

An impartial inquiry has been launched after Wellington Water was discovered to have overseen low and inconsistent ranges of fluoridation within the area’s water provide for 4 years.

Recent revelations have additionally emerged tonight that Higher Hutt, Porirua and Wellington Metropolis haven’t been provided with fluoridated water since final yr with out residents being advised.

Wellington Water beforehand reported fluoride had been turned off final month, which was incorrect.

A current overview discovered the fluoride dosing amenities at water therapy vegetation within the area have been working inconsistently as a result of the equipment is getting previous.

Because the equipment couldn’t be relied on, operators have been conservative with the quantity of fluoride being put into the availability, Wellington Water paperwork stated.

It’s because there are well being dangers posed by excessive ranges of fluoride, however it has additionally resulted in intervals the place doses have fallen under the efficient vary.

This “monitoring and nursing” of the state of affairs just lately turned “too onerous”, the paperwork stated. It was solely at this level a overview was commissioned.

Tonight the board of Wellington Water introduced an impartial inquiry into the occasions that resulted in two of Wellington’s water therapy vegetation ceasing fluoridation of ingesting water.

The board has clarified fluoridation was stopped on the Te Marua water therapy plant in Might 2021 and in November 2021 on the Gear Island plant.

They provide Higher Hutt, Porirua and Wellington Metropolis.

Wellington Water board chairwoman Lynda Carroll stated this raised severe questions for the board.

“To find that there have been points within the vegetation for such a time frame with out this being dropped at our consideration, after which to seek out out that there was a failure to launch correct timelines and knowledge that ought to present our stakeholders assurance is disappointing to say the least.”

Carroll stated the inquiry would look into Wellington Water’s administration of the vegetation, how the state of affairs occurred and what the board and administration ought to have recognized.

The inquiry would additionally assess what, if any, points could have blocked the board from being conscious of the issue earlier.

The phrases of reference might be made public, Carroll stated.

“That is one thing we’re digging into immediately. Standing up the inquiry is a precedence for us, however this received’t cease us from working to get fluoride again in Wellington’s water provide as quickly as attainable.”

Doug Martin of Martin Jenkins has been appointed to steer the inquiry.

In the meantime, work was underneath means at Wellington Water to determine timelines, collect information and develop reporting on fluoridation ranges in any respect amenities over the previous 4 years, Carroll stated.

The Wellington Water Committee has been knowledgeable of the impartial inquiry, and supported the board’s strikes, she stated.